Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips & Articles

Smallmouth Bass fishing tips & articles
Artwork provided by Rodd Umlauff

If your fishing Smallmouth Bass find cool clear water with a abundance of crayfish, and when you hook a Smallmouth be prepared for spectacular leaps and determined dives unrivaled among freshwater fish. Smallmouth Bass before the early 1900’s where found primarily in the Great Lakes and Eastern, Central States river systems. But over time they where introduced in Western and Northern States through stocking programs in natural lakes and rivers along with the highly successful introduction in Southern Canadian Shield clear, rocky, cool lakes and rivers. The world record is 10 pounds 14 ounces caught in Tennessee on Dale Hollow Reservoir in 1969.

Here are some smallmouth bass fishing tips and articles in helping you catch more fishing smallmouth bass.


Reefin’ Summer Smallies

Ted Takasaki with a bruiser smallmouth bass caught on a Lindy X-Change Jig and plastic grub. Find and stay on smallie action this summer by following the formula laid out by top guide Jim DaRosa. The action can be hotter than the weather! Other fish might fight better, pound-for-pound, than smallmouth bass. We just don’t…

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Spinnerbait Gunnin’ For Big Bronzebacks

A thorough investigation of any largemouth bass angler’s tackle box is sure to reveal a broad selection of spinnerbaits. These crazy safety pin shaped lures are among the deadliest largemouth bass lures of all time. They come in a variety of shapes, weights, sizes, and colors, plus they sport a wide range of skirt styles…

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Fall River Smallmouth

Being a full time guide, I spend at least 170 days per year fishing open water. Through the years, I have spent more time pursuing smallmouth bass than any other species. Like most bronzeback anglers, I feel any day on the water is a good day, but it’s even better when I catch and release…

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Plastics for Bass

With the exception of live bait plastics will put more bass in the boat than all other presentations combined. Most plastics are easy to rig and even novice anglers are able to catch fish after learning a few basic techniques. Over the years while guiding for both smallmouth and largemouth bass plastics have enabled us…

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Springtime Bass Fishing

Springtime bass angling is the perfect way to turn new anglers or your kids on to fishing. You will all enjoy their terrific fighting tendencies and the sheer number of bass that are available in the spring adds up to great fun. I believe our Northwoods bass fishery is one of our best kept secrets….

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Early Season Smallmouth

I cannot wait to get on the water for the Catch and Release Season for smallmouth bass! While pre-spawn may be an excellent period to catch a trophy, it can also be a tough bite. Locating big females is easy; catching them seldom is! Anglers need to take many variables into consideration, including water temperature,…

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Pre-Spawn River Smallmouth

People will often ask me when the best time on the calendar to catch big pre-spawn smallmouth is. My answer is from ice out through the first six weeks of the season. While that may not be the answer they want to hear, it is impossible to put a handle on the best time. Each…

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Fish like a pro on a poormans budget

One of the most frequent questions, I get asked by my clients….do I need to spend a lot of money on equipment to fish for smallmouth bass? The answer is a resounding NO! One of the reasons smallmouth bass fishing is gaining popularity is you don’t need to specialize your fishing equipment to catch smallmouth….

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